Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into the waters of the U.S., regardless of whether on private or public property, must obtain a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) from the state.
Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into isolated wetlands in Ohio must obtain an Isolated Wetland Permit from Ohio EPA.
The 401 Water Quality Certification and Isolated Wetland Permitting Section reviews applications for projects that propose the placement of fill or dredged material into waters of the State, including streams, lakes and wetlands. The section also reviews required mitigation of issued permits and performs wetland research.
To make a complaint and/or report illegal fill activities, please email the Complaint Form [Word] to EPA401Webmail@epa.ohio.gov.
401 WQC FOR THE 2017 NATIONWIDE PERMITS
Click on the Nationwide Permits tab below for the most recent information.
New options to submit applications ONLINE beginning May 2017
Through the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center, applicants will soon have the option to prepare and submit applications and pay their fees online for the following applications: pre-application meetings, 401 water quality certifications, 401 director’s authorizations, and isolated wetland permits.
Once the forms are active, users will need to need to create an account through the eBusiness center and apply for a PIN in order to submit applications. Click here for help with the eBusiness center. More information about this system can also be found here.
More details and instructions about this new system will be coming soon.